Governor's climate-change strategy includes no-coal electricity

Posted by Ralph Schwartz on October 14, 2013 

The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup has been plugging away since the spring to come up with recommendations for meeting state goals on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Gov. Jay Inslee outlined his ideas at a recent workgroup meeting, according to an NPR report.

You can read the details of the plan and the state's emissino goals in the link. Suffice to say a "cap-and-trade" system for the state wasn't popular among Republicans.

Coal came up in the discussions. Beyond shutting down the state's only coal-fired power plant, a deal that has already been struck, the Dems would ban all coal-produced electricity, including from out of state. (Last time I checked, Puget Sound Energy acquires some of its power from a coal plant in Montana.)

Our two senators

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, is on board with the governor. Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is not. He touted nuclear energy at the workgroup meeting, according to the NPR report.

I'll be tuned in to what recommendations, if any, ultimately emerge from the workgroup. They are on deadline to recommend something to the state Legislature by the end of the year.

Republicans earlier this year allowed the legislation creating the workgroup to pass but possibly compromised its ability to get anything done. The five-member group includes the governor, the two senators, and Democratic and Republican representatives. Inslee is the chairman but doesn't have a vote, thanks to changes made to the bill by Republicans. Which means that the four legislators must strike a bipartisan deal on how to deal with climate change.

Yes, looking forward to seeing how that works.

The Environmental Defense Fund, which has a clear bias in favor of cap-and-trade, nonetheless has a good explanation of how it works.

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